Spring Biking in Butte County

With mild weather, warm temperatures, and plenty of sunshine, Spring is a beautiful season for biking through Butte County! Whether you’re biking for leisure, for sport, or for endurance, Butte County has an event for you. So strap on your helmet, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for some fun!

Velo Love Ride

February 9, 2019

Love riding your bicycle? Sign up for the Velo Love Ride on February 9th for a scenic ride through Butte County! Choose between a 40, 60, or 100-mile adventure on a mostly flat, scenic ride past the Gray Lodge Wildlife Sanctuary, through blossoming orchards, and around the Sutter Buttes! It’s a beautiful ride to celebrate your love of biking!

Tour de Ed

March 3, 2019

Every year, Chico Velo remembers Ed McLaughlin, Chico Velo founder, by riding around the beautiful blossoming almond orchards around Chico. In 2007, McLaughlin suffered a severe neck injury in a bicycle accident in Bidwell Park. A well-known figure in Chico, his injury mobilized the community to come to his support. His accident demonstrated the need for cycling education and safety within the community, where all the proceeds from the event are directed. The Tour de Ed is family friendly bicycle ride, so everyone is welcome!

Chico Stage Race

March 29-31, 2019

For those looking for a more adrenaline-filled race, the Chico Stage Race is the ride for you. The Chico Stage Race is Northern California’s premier stage race for the 2019 cycling season and consists of Thunderhill Circuit Race, Paskenta Hills Road Race p/b Jakroo, River Road Time Trial, and Downtown Criterium in Chico, CA. Profits from the Chico Stage Race go to support community cycling, racing and other charitable programs.

Bidwell Bump

April 20, 2019

Originally held in August of 1976, this regional technical mountain bike race combines technical elements of both cross country (XC) and aggressive trail riding features to create a unique competitive event. From the 4+ mile accent up the canyon to the technical black diamond single track trails, this is one race everyone needs to include on their race calendar, whether you attend as a rider or spectator.

Chico Velo Wildflower Century

April 28, 2019

The annual Chico Velo Wildflower Century has a ride for everyone! With seven different routes ranging from 12 miles to 125 miles and featuring both hill climbs and flat roads, bicyclists of all levels can enjoy a scenic ride through Butte County in the springtime through almond orchards. After the ride, enjoy a delicious meal provided by Roots Catering! With a strong emphasis on food, the running joke with this ride and the locals is that you actually gain weight on this ride and not lose due to all the delicious food options, so if you’re the “ride-to-eat” type, this ride is for you! The Wildflower Century is truly a ride to be enjoyed no matter the route you choose to ride, and all proceeds from the Chico Velo Wildflower Century go directly toward Chico Velo’s Outreach and Advocacy.